The Filippo Musco & Sons adventure begins in Sicily, Italy. Local cheeses were purchased from farmers, aged and cured, then distributed throughout Italy.
Sensing opportunities in the New World, part of the Musco family emigrates to the United States. Musco & Company is officially founded in 1926, importing Italian cheeses and other specialty Italian foods for distribution in the United States. A Musco store opens its doors in New York’s vibrant little Italy.
1940s / 1950s
Bolstered by a vibrant Italian-American community, Lucio Musco’s Musco & Co prospers and expands its product selection. The company opens a warehouse in lower Manhattan to service its growing customer base of delis and mom & pop shops.
Phil Musco and his brother Joe step into the family business. They move the Musco warehouse to Maspeth, Queens, to accomodate more products. Special thanks to cousin Dr. Carmelo Cannone who helped procure many of the true Italian cheeses.
1980s / 1990s
Musco Food retires its historic brand “Amastra” to launch Vantia, a private label brand focused on high quality Italian cheese and salumi. Thanks to close relationships with producers throughout Italy, a large product portfolio is developed. Vantia becomes a household name throughout the northeast of the United States. Big changes happen internally, as Joe Musco leaves the business to launch the very succesful “Agata & Valentina” retail stores in New York. Phil takes the helm of Musco Food, leading the company while taking care of its purchasing activities.
Specialty foods enjoy a renaissance in the U.S. The Musco Food product portfolio expands to include specialty cheese and charcuterie from France, Spain, Holland and beyond, as well as specialty packaged foods such as organic & gluten-free pantry items.
A fresh new look is rolled out for Musco Food to better reflect its evolving product portfolio and customer base. A new website, and social media channels are launched.